The next two quarters were less than memorable for the Indianapolis Colts and Colt fans. The defense started to fall apart, Andrew Luck threw two interceptions, and the Bears outsourced the Colts 27 to 7. In the end the Colts would fall to the Bears 41 to 21. For Bear fans the big win was the storyline but for Colt fans the storyline shouldn’t be a 20 point loss. Instead the storyline should be the light we are starting to see at the end of the tunnel.
Andrew Luck looked like a professional as he got up after being knocked down time after time. He threw 23 for 45 for 309 yards and one of those throws was his first touchdown as a professional with ten minutes left in the game. At times Luck did look like a true rookie - under throwing receivers and turning the ball over with three interceptions and a fumble. The positive was that after every turnover or sack Luck turned to his team and continued to encourage them. He talked to his receivers and his offensive line – leading the offensive on and off the field with an overall positive attitude.
The Colts also showed improvement in other areas of the game. The running game illustrated slight improvement with Donald Brown breaking out for an 18 yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The defense gave up 41 points but showed pockets of progress with the early interception and making strong tackles – something they have always struggled to do.
In order to continue improving Andrew Luck can’t be asked to throw 45 times and we need to stay healthy. Losing a star like Dwight Freeney and other critical pieces of your defense or offense would end any teams’ season; especially a young and growing team. In the end the Colts got beat up by the bears but they stuck together as a team and played tough. Next week the Colts come home to play the Vikings and it should be fun to see what this team can do against a squad with less talent then the Chicago Bears.
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